Mayor Steve Schewel 5:55 Wendy Jacobs 19:29 Ashley Canady 25:20 Jim Groves 28:36 Q & A 33:52
Durham Mayor Press Conference for Update on Support for Durham Housing Authority’s McDougald Terrace Residents Live Stream Jan 14, 2020
Fast Facts: • The City of Durham created the Durham Housing Authority as an autonomous, non-profit in 1949 to provide safe and decent housing for low-income families of Durham. Although the City Council appoints the Durham Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, the Authority is not a part of City government and operates with the rules and regulations prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
• Since 2015, the City has committed $15.1 million to the housing authority, of which $9.2 million has been spent or is for projects under contract. The spending includes supporting renovations to the Damar Court and Morreene Road complexes ($500,000), help with the rental assistance program to fully use its vouchers ($220,260), support for the development team and pre-development costs ($1.4 million), and the acquisition of Fayette Place ($4.2 million). About $5.9 million has been committed to help renovate J.J. Henderson Tower and construct 80 additional affordable housing units adjacent to the current J.J. Henderson Tower.
• Part of the City’s recently approved $95 million housing bond aims to replace dilapidated public housing units and create new affordable and market rate units as part of the DHA’s Downtown and Neighborhood Plan (DDNP). A total of 447 public housing units at J.J. Henderson, Forest Hill Heights, Oldham Tower, and Liberty Street will be renovated or replaced, and an additional over 800 new affordable units created.
• Tomorrow’s press conference will be livestreamed on the City's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages as well as on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon through the free Boxcast app (search City of Durham, NC). The press conference will also be televised live on Durham Television Network (Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, Frontier channel 70, and AT&T U-verse channel 99) and livestreamed on the City’s website.